An Encouraging Word for those who suffer

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by advancewithcourage, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. advancewithcourage

    advancewithcourage New Member

    Another encouraging word I would like to share with all of you.....

    The very proof that God loves you is that He does not spare you, but lays upon you the cross of Jesus Christ. Whatever spiritual knowledge or feelings we may have, they are all a delusion if they do not lead us to the real and constant practice of dying to self. And it is true that we do not die without suffering. Nor is it possible to be considered truly dead while there is any part of us which is yet alive. This spiritual death (which is really a blessing in disguise) is undeniably painful... The great physician who sees in us what we cannot see, knows exactly where to place the knife. He cuts away that which we are most reluctant to give up. And how it hurts! But we must remember that pain is only felt where there is life...
    You must learn to suffer all things! The death of self must be voluntary, and it can only be accomplished as far as you allow... You must be willing to yield to God whenever He decides to remove from you all of the props on which you have leaned.
    - Fenelon from Let Go